Tomas Rosicky admits his lack of game time at the Emirates remains a source of frustration but he’s continuing to train hard in the hope of seizing any opportunities that come his way.
Now 34-years-old the midfielder appears to have shuffled down Arsene Wenger’s pecking order since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez with the boss handing the veteran just one start this term – against Southampton in the Capital One Cup – and a series of late cameos from the bench.
Selected for international duty ahead of the Czech Republic’s tough away games with Turkey and Kazakhstan, Rosicky did his best to play down his disappointment when faced with a barrage of questions from local media.
“My situation is still the same. No one likes when not playing and that goes the same for me.
“Gentlemen, I understand that you ask the questions and that my situation is interesting to you, but I don’t know what to say.
“This situation arises for every footballer. I have to deal with it. Of course, the number of minutes that I’ve played is unsatisfying, but I’ve endured difficult periods before.
“When you look back I’ve had moments like this before. I’ve had to wait until someone drops out of the team, but I’m not at the stage of being hugely frustrated. In football sometimes it just goes like this. The strongest survive, I have to endure and hopefully it’ll turn around.
“If it continues like this, then there’ll be something to talk about. At the moment there’s only one solution. I can just train hard and be poised for the moment when my chance comes.”
Last season Rosicky made a creditable 39 appearances for the Gunners, the most he’s made in a single season since arriving in 2007, and was rewarded with a one-year extension to his contract in March.
His experience remains vital to a squad with so many youngsters in its ranks and given our injury record you wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a fair few games before he weighs up his future next summer.